Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Press Releases • October 23, 2013
Three projects have been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health to develop innovative robots that work cooperatively with people and adapt to changing environments to improve human capabilities and enhance medical procedures. Funding for these projects totals approximately $2.4 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds.
Science Highlights • October 23, 2013
The research team at Brown University responsible for developing BrainGate—an advanced brain-computer interface that allowed an almost completely paralyzed woman to serve herself a drink of coffee for the first time in 15 years—was awarded Israel’s first ever Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize in Tel Aviv on October 15, 2013.
NIBIB in the News • October 18, 2013

Researchers from NIBIB's intramural program have developed two new microscopes, both the first of their kind. The first captures small, fast moving organisms at an unprecedented rate and the second displays thick cell samples in three dimensions while decreasing the amount of harmful light exposure to the cells—both surpassing in clarity any other microscopes currently on the market.

NIBIB in the News • October 4, 2013

NIH-funded scientists at Johns Hopkins University have recently simplified the method for creating microvascular networks, which are important for feeding living tissue with nutrients and carrying off wastes. The team successfully transplanted these lab-grown microscopic blood vessles into animals. The development could bring these life-supporting vessels a step closer to clinical use, for treating wounds, perhaps, or diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Grantee News • September 30, 2013

Brain surgery is a dicey business. Even the most experienced surgeons can damage healthy tissue while trying to root out tumors deep inside the brain. Researchers from the University of Maryland are working on a solution, and it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. They're developing a tiny, maggot-like robot that can crawl into brains and zap tumors from within. Read more at NPR Health News.

Grantee News • September 23, 2013

Congratulations to Dean Sherry, Ph.D., who received a Gold Medal Award from the World Molecular Imaging Society in recognition of his work on molecular tracers. Dr. Sherry serves as the scientific director of the NIBIB-funded Southwestern NMR Center for In Vivo Metabolism at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Read the full story at

Grantee News • September 18, 2013
NIBIB-supported researchers at Texas A&M are using expandable shape memory foam to fill and repair potentially fatal brain aneurysms. Read the full story and watch the video at
Grantee News • September 13, 2013

The RSNA Image Share pilot project, funded by NIBIB, was among the five recipients of Health Imaging magazine's first ever "Imaging 3.0 Patient-centric Imaging Awards," recognized for their commitment to patient engagement in medical imaging. Read the full article at

Grantee News • September 5, 2013

NIBIB grantee Sunney Xie and colleagues are developing a new technique, called stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, that can easily distinguish tumor tissue from normal tissue in the brains of living mice. This technology may someday provide real-time guidance in the operating room and greatly improve the accuracy of brain tumor removal. Read the full press release at

NIBIB in the News • September 5, 2013

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of National Institutes of Health (NIH), is profiling some of the research it’s been funding over at its Science Highlights page. One interesting technology is an MRI compatible robotic device that can move in 3D and would be used to carefully get to hard to access brain tumors and kill them with a heated tip. Read More at